Riccardo Minasi

Born 1978

Riccardo Minasi



He teaches chamber music at the Conservatorio V. Bellini of Palermo and has also given violin and baroque orchestra masterclasses and lectures in historical practice at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge (USA), the Sibelius Academy of Helsinki, the Chinese Culture University of Taipei,Taiwan, the Kùks Residence in the Czech Republic and at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. His recordings of the Vivaldi edition and Handel published by Naïve Records have been widely praised by international press.

The Sunday Times enthused: ‘The remarkable Italian violinist Minasi takes the view that, whether the eight pieces here are by Handel or not, they are worth playing and hearing. His dazzling fresh interpretative ideas, employing techniques that owe as much to great Romantic virtuosos as to baroque specialists, will raise purist Handelian hackles, but this is a revelatory disc’ . He plays a violin made by Antonius & Hieronymus Amati in Cremona in 1627.

Riccardo Minasi is a renowned Italian violinist born in Rome in 1978. He has an established international career and is regularly performing in all of Europe, United States, Canada, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Mexico, Turkey, Morocco, Australia, New Zealand, Israel and Japan. He performs in the most prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna, Barbican in London, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Chatelet and Salle Pleyel in Paris, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires and many more.

Specializing in the musical repertoire from the Renaissance to the Baroque period, he is among the most frequently invited concertmasters in Europe and collaborates both as soloist and as leader with noteworthy ensembles and renowned orchestras. He regularly conducts the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, of which he is the associate director, and the Harmony of Nations Orchestra with whom he debuted at the Styriarte Festival in Graz and the Trigonale Festival of Klagenfurt in 2007. In 2006 he was invited to conduct the opening concert of the Camerata Strumentale Fiesolana- the most recent formation created at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole of Piero Farulli. In 2008 he worked with the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di S. Cecilia in Rome as concertmaster, and was invited by Kent Nagano to be the historical advisor for the Montrèal Symphony Orchestra, Canada.